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[ig-zam-uh-ney-shuh n] /ɪgˌzæm əˈneɪ ʃən/
the act of examining; inspection; inquiry; investigation.
the state of being examined.
the act or process of testing pupils, candidates, etc., as by questions.
the test itself; the list of questions asked.
the answers, statements, etc., made by one examined.
Law. formal interrogation.
Origin of examination
1350-1400; Middle English examinacioun < Latin exāminātiōn- (stem of exāminātiō). See examine, -ation
Related forms
examinational, adjective
preexamination, noun
1. observation. Examination, inspection, scrutiny refer to a looking at something. An examination usually means a careful noting of details: A thorough examination of the plumbing revealed a defective pipe. An inspection is a formal and official examination: an inspection of records, a military inspection. Scrutiny implies a critical and minutely detailed examination: The papers seemed to be in good order, but they would not stand close scrutiny. See also investigation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for examination
  • We would film the mummy as the medical team, entrusted with his meticulous preservation, did their monthly examination.
  • Test takers' digital fingerprints, recorded by a sensor before the examination, are kept in an electronic database.
  • But apparently you can be asked to submit to a medical examination, which can delay issuance of the work permit.
  • Your doctor will take a medical history and perform a physical examination.
  • The examination will continue to use the existing test plan.
  • The future examination forms will include different beta test questions.
  • Three weeks later the student was fined five pounds for not wearing a sword to the examination.
  • The news was held until experts could conduct a full examination.
  • The quote was a good opener, but it was quickly dropped without a thorough examination.
  • As for the egg itself, close examination showed that it had a leathery shell.
British Dictionary definitions for examination


the act of examining or state of being examined
  1. written exercises, oral questions, or practical tasks, set to test a candidate's knowledge and skill
  2. (as modifier): an examination paper
  1. physical inspection of a patient or parts of his body, in order to verify health or diagnose disease
  2. laboratory study of secretory or excretory products, tissue samples, etc, esp in order to diagnose disease
(law) the formal interrogation of a person on oath, esp of an accused or a witness
Derived Forms
examinational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for examination

late 14c., "action of testing or judging; judicial inquiry," from Old French examinacion, from Latin examinationem (nominative examinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of examinare (see examine). Sense of "test of knowledge" is attested from 1610s.

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examination in Medicine

examination ex·am·i·na·tion (ĭg-zām'ə-nā'shən)
An investigation or inspection for the purpose of diagnosis.

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